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UAE to host Twitter festival for charity

Abu Dhabi tweeters will come together offline this week to raise money for local causes.

The UAE is set to hold a Twitter festival this week to raise money for charity, it has been reported.

The social networking site, which counts Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, among its fans, has surged in popularity in the UAE and now Abu Dhabi is taking part in an international Twestival or Twitter festival.

A series of events for Twitter users have been organised in the capital between September 10 and 13 for Ramadan, Emirates Business reported.

"The participating team is growing very fast and we are communicating among us, using blogs and tweets as they are probably the fastest and most effective modes of communications," a local volunteer told the paper.

The first Twitter festival was held in London in September 2008. A group of tweeters held a Harvest Twestival to raise money for a homeless charity.

The idea spread online and the first Twestival global was launched in January this year. The following month 202 cities across the world hosted events, which raised more than $250,000 for water conservation charities.

Money raised from the Abu Dhabi events will go to various local causes, the paper said.

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